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PK Jena: Steering Relief in Kendrapara

Kendrapara, an important district in Odisha’s coastal landmass has hogged the limelight in post restoration relief and rebuilding efforts after Fani, a massive cyclone pummelled the state’s coast near Puri on May 3.

For handling the onerous assignment, Chief Minister handpicked old timer and principal secretary with the water resources department PK Jena. Jena, who has often been the blue eyed boy of the chief minister has delivered with panache in all challenging assignments. This time too, he has come up with a superlative score. That Kendrapara is all agog with a colossal scale of relief and rehabilitation efforts is a testament to Jena’s commitment.

Chief Minister recently appraised the situation in Kendrapara district and announced a package for the victims. Among others, Jena, the nodal officer for Kendrapara and special secretary to the chief minister V Karthikeyan Pandian were present in the course of the high profile review.

“As many as 30 cyclone shelters at the rate of Rs 2 crore each will be constructed in vulnerable locations. For repair of damage caused to school buildings, Anganwadi Centres and public utility assets owned by the panchayats, an assistance of Rs 2 lakh per structure will be provided,” Patnaik said.

“I have directed the District Administration to immediately take steps for implementing the livelihood package for self-help groups, farmers and fishermen,” he added.

Thanks to the exemplary vision and assiduous efforts of Jena, water and electricity supply has been restored in the town and other works will be completed soon by the engineers and other workers. During the review, the Chief Minister directed the district administration to provide livelihood support to Women’s Self-Help Groups (SHGs), farmers and fishermen at the earliest.

Electricity supply has been restored in the entire district. The fish farmers of the district have been supplied medicines by the concerned department while the affected farmers of the district will be supplied seeds and mini kits for Kharif and Rabi cultivation soon.

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